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Booty in a Box

We sent four friends in Atlanta a big box stuffed with new products. Their mission: sample, spritz, and slather on everything, then report back to us on their favorite—and not so favorite—finds.

Diane Schatell, school foundation director
My top choice
Chanel Beauté Initiale Eye Cream ($60)
"I began using eye creams when I turned 48 and noticed I had crow's-feet—or laugh lines, as I call them. Harsh antiwrinkle ingredients irritate my skin, but Chanel's version has soothing botanicals such as blue ginger."

Runner-up
Barielle Advanced Formula Porcelain Skin Whitening Cream ($20)
"Years of roasting in the sun with aluminum reflectors and baby oil have caught up with me. This thick cream worked like magic to lighten the age spots on my cheekbones."

No thanks
Bain de Terre Sugar & Fig Scalp Massage Scrub ($16)
"It's a great concept, but the oily consistency just weighed down my really fine hair."

Neshanta Cunningham Banks, marketing coordinator
My top choice
L'Oréal Revitalift UV Daily Moisturizing Cream ($20)
"I often travel to Mexico, where even my skin burns easily. The UVA and UVB protection in this nongreasy face cream is a real plus. And I love that I can buy it at the drugstore."

Runner-up
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($20)
"Even waterproof mascara comes off instantly without your having to rub. The ready-to-use pads are also great for travel—no spills!"

No thanks
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss ($10)
"I know Deb raves about it, but the gloss stung my lips without adding volume, although it did smell delicious, just like a chocolate bar."

Deb Sitzmann, direct sales
My top choice
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss
"I've bought several products that claim to plump up my lips, but this is the first one to actually work! I'll never have Angelina Jolie's lips, but this worked better than plumpers that cost five times as much."

Runner-up
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Eye Makeup Remover Pads
"I'm with Neshanta. The presoaked pads, with sugarcane and ginger, shaved five minutes off my getting-ready-for-bed routine."

No thanks
Smashbox O-Glow Microcirculating Cheek Color ($26)
"My teen thinks the concept is cool. The clear gel turns your cheeks the color you naturally blush. But this made mine too pink for my taste. A powder blush that absorbs oil works best for me."

Teri Grant, elementary school teacher
My top choice
Clinique Supermoisture Makeup ($23)
"I'm going through menopause, and my skin feels like it's a desert. Clinique's foundation is so hydrating that I don't even need a moisturizer, and the sheer coverage lasts all day. I'd buy it."

Runner-up
Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Firming Moisture Cream ($15)
"I've tried expensive creams, but when I saw Sarah Jessica Parker raving about this skin-care line, I had to try it. My skin felt soft and firm right away. It will help me postpone Botox for a few years!"

No thanks
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara ($10)
"You won't lose the bright tube in your bag, and the big brush is great for plumping. But I prefer a brush with a more tapered shape that lets me reach those tiny inner lashes."

We all loved this!
La Cross Diamond Tip Lighted Tweezer ($10)
"If you need a magnifying mirror with megawatt bulbs to pluck your brows, you'll like the light that helps you see even the finest stray hairs." —Diane

 
Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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